Newcastle United moved up to second in the Premier League table with victory over Leicester City at the King Power Stadium on Monday afternoon, with Eddie Howe’s men having picked up where they left off prior to the World Cup break.
Having overcome Bournemouth in the Carabao Cup last week, the Magpies produced another commanding display to ruthlessly dispatch the Midlands outfit on their own turf, with goals from Chris Wood and Miguel Almiron having all but sealed the win inside seven minutes.
That commanding lead was then extended just after the half-hour mark as the resurgent Joelinton got in on the act with a free header inside the box, with it having proven a rather routine return to top-flight action for the Tynesiders in truth.
While there may have been many standout performances on the day – including the aforementioned Almiron, who now has eight goals from his last nine league games – arguably the most impressive performer was that man, Kieran Trippier, with the 32-year-old having again been instrumental from his full-back berth.
The England international had been lauded by journalist Matty Hewitt for his “incredible” delivery after starring against the Cherries and that quality was again on show yesterday, with the experienced right-back having teed up Joelinton with an inch-perfect corner to wrap up the points.
That impact was also evidenced by the fact that the former Atletico Madrid man registered four key passes against Brendan Rodgers’ side, while posing a persistent threat down the right flank after completing five of his nine crosses.
Although the 40-cap gem did lose possession on 24 occasions, that was arguably a marker of his desire to try and make things happen for his side in the final third, having also recorded 27 passes and completed two of his three dribbles.
That “unbelievable” showing – as described by Statman Dave – unsurprisingly saw the ever-reliable figure record a stunning 8.3 match rating, as per Sofascore, with that by far the highest figure for any player on either side.
Such brilliance at both ends of the pitch ensured that Trippier was a constant ‘thorn‘ in the side of Leicester – as per the Chronicle’s Lee Ryder – with the £100k-per-week man only serving to bolster his already impressive reputation as a result.